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Our Updated Water Quality Data Since 2021

Updated: Apr 5

As part of FWI’s main program, the Alliance For Responsible Aquaculture, we collect data from the ~100 farms in India we are currently working with. The purpose of this data is both a) to give us an understanding of what conditions are actually like for these animals, and b) to help us help them, specifically by identifying times when conditions are particularly bad so that we can recommend farmers corrective actions to prevent worse suffering. For more of an understanding of how we help fish, see our Impact page.

Jennifer, our Director of International Programs, and Sai, our Program Coordinator, collect samples of farm water at an ARA farm in Andhra Pradesh, India. Such samples are later analyze by our team, to ascertain the farm's water quality and the overall welfare of the fishes in the farm.

The anonymized data we’ve collected, ranging from the program’s inception in June 2021 up until June 2023, can be found at the following link:

We’re publishing this data for the following reasons:

  1. We want a place where anyone, within our organization or beyond it, can easily access a cleaned version of this data.

  2. We want to more easily enable external people to analyze our data for themselves.

  3. It is in keeping with our values of transparency.

While we have put significant efforts into quality control and error correction with this data, we would still like to note a few disclaimers:

  1. There are still probably significant sources of error in this data, including equipment and human error.

  2. The fish farms we work with are complex ecosystems in themselves, and it is often challenging to make broad conclusions based on a few samples (e.g. low oxygen in one place in the farm is not necessarily indicative of low oxygen throughout).

  3. The measures we are currently taking (e.g. water quality measures) are only proxies—and imperfect ones, at that—for animal welfare.

We plan to continue to publish this data roughly annually. If you have any questions, comments, or especially if you’re interested in running some sort of analysis, feel free to contact us.

Also see our announcement of the data we published last year.

Want to help us reduce the suffering of fishes, or share your thoughts on our work? Check out our careers page, or contact us.


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